Friday, March 3, 2017
Let the IRISH shine!
On St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) we all find a bit of the Irish within us which wants to shine and have a bit of fun while wearing green, looking for four-leaf clovers, chasing leprechauns to find their pot o'gold, or having a drink with friends.
The Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century.
Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe (Irish traditional music sessions), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green"). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older.
Whether you have a bit o'the Irish in your DNA or just love o'the Irish within your heart, I would leave you with this: